This is one book of a four-part series, which aims to integrate discussion of modern engineering design principles, advanced design tools, and industrial design practices throughout the design process. Through this series, the reader will:

  • Understand basic design principles and modern engineering design paradigms.
  • Understand CAD/CAE/CAM tools available for various design related tasks.
  • Understand how to put an integrated system together to conduct product design using the paradigms and tools.
  • Understand industrial practices in employing virtual engineering design and tools for product development.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive and thorough coverage on essential elements for product performance evaluation using the virtual engineering paradigms
  • Covers CAD/CAE in Structural Analysis using FEM, Motion Analysis of Mechanical Systems, Fatigue and Fracture Analysis
  • Each chapter includes both analytical methods and computer-aided design methods, reflecting the use of modern computational tools in engineering design and practice
  • A case study and tutorial example at the end of each chapter provide hands-on practice in implementing off-the-shelf computer design tools
  • Provides two projects at the end of the book showing the use of Pro/ENGINEER® and SolidWorks ® to implement concepts discussed in the book


Mechanical, Aerospace, and Industrial Engineers studying design.  Engineers interested in learning computer design tools such as ProEngineer and SolidWorks in the context of the design process.  Senior and first-year graduate engineering students in Mechanical, Aerospace, Industrial, and Materials Engineering

Table of Contents



About the Author

About the Cover


Chapter 1. Introduction to e-Design

1.1 Introduction

1.2 The e-Design Paradigm

1.3 Virtual Prototyping

1.4 Physical Prototyping

1.5 Example: Simple Airplane Engine

1.6 Example: High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle

1.7 Summary

Questions and Exercises



Chapter 2. Structural Analysis

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Analytical Methods

2.3 Finite Element Methods

2.4 Finite Element Modeling

2.5 Commercial FEA Software

2.6 Case Study and Tutorial Examples

2.7 Summary

Questions and Exercises



Appendix: The Default in.-lbm-sec Unit System

Chapter 3. Motion Analysis

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Analytical Methods

3.3 Computer-Aided Methods

3.4 Motion Simulation

3.5 Motion Simulation Software

3.6 Case Studies

3.7 Tutorial Examples

3.8 Summary

Questions and Exercises



Chapter 4. Fatigue and Fracture Analysis

4.1 Introduction

4.2 The Physics of Fatigue

4.3 The Stress-Life Approach

4.4 The Strain-Based Approach

4.5 Fracture Mechanics

4.6 Dynamic Stress Calculation and Cumulative Damage

4.7 Fatigue and Fracture Simulation Software

4.8 Case Studies and Tutorial Example

4.9 Summary

Questions and Exercises



Chapter 5. Reliability Analysis

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Probability of Failure—Basic Concepts

5.3 Basics of Statistics and Probabilistic Theory

5.4 Reliability Analysis Methods

5.5 Multiple Failure Modes

5.6 General-Purpose Reliability Analysis Tools

5.7 Case Study

5.8 Su


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About the author

Kuang-Hua Chang

Dr. Kuang-Hua Chang is a Williams Presidential Professor for the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME) at the University of Oklahoma (OU), Norman, OK. He received his diploma in Mechanical Engineering from National Taipei Institute of Technology, Taiwan, in 1980; an M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iowa in 1987 and 1990, respectively. Since then, he joined the Center for Computer-Aided Design (CCAD) at Iowa as Research Scientist and CAE Technical Area Manager. In 1997, he joined OU. His areas of interest include Virtual Prototyping, CAD, Fatigue and Reliability Analysis; Tools and Information Integration for Concurrent Design and Manufacturing; Solid Freeform Fabrication, as well as bioengineering applications. His research has been published in three books and more than 130 articles in international journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Chang has also received numerous awards in both teaching and research in the past few years. He is a recipient of the SAE Ralph R. Teetor Award (2006), Best Paper Award of iCEER-2005 iNEER Conference for Engineering Education and Research, Outstanding Asian American Award (2003), and Public Employee Award of OKC Mayor’s Committee Award on Disability Concerns (2002). In addition, he received awards from OU, including: Alumni Teaching Awards (spring and fall 2007, fall 2008, spring 2009), Regents’ Award on Superior Research and Creative Activities (2004), BP AMOCO Good Teaching Award (2002), and Junior Faculty Award (1999). He was named Williams Presidential Professor in 2005 for meeting the highest standards of excellence in scholarship and teaching. Dr. Chang has worked with aerospace and automotive industry, and created Reverse Engineering testbed to support MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul). He has also served as technical consultants to US industry and foreign companies, such as LG-Electronics, and Seagate Technology.